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1940s
In 1940, George Jenkins mortgaged an orange grove he had acquired during the Depression for a down payment on his dream store - Florida's first supermarket. He built his "food palace" of marble, glass and stucco, and equipped it with innovations never seen before in a grocery store. Air conditioning. Fluorescent lighting. Electric-eye doors. Frozen food cases. Piped-in music. Eight-foot-wide aisles. Open dairy cases designed to Mr. George's specifications. In-store donut and flower shops. People traveled from miles to shop there, and Publix prospered.

But again, larger forces restricted his plans: the country was at war. In 1945, with construction expansion constrained by wartime shortages, Publix purchased a chain of 19 small All American grocery stores.